Mountain Equipment Co-op

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MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op)

Established in 1971, MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) is Canada’s largest co-operative by membership and its leading specialty retailer of outdoor clothing, gear, footwear and accessories.

MEC exists to support its 4.8 million members’ pursuit of ‘active outdoor lifestyles’ through an omni-channel network of stores in six provinces (five in BC),, two distribution centres, a central call centre, and extensive logistics. Through it all, MEC aims to lead with its co-op values, actively support Canada’s outdoor community, and demonstrate sustainability leadership.

As Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration, MEC combines high-quality apparel and equipment with expert advice and firsthand experience. MEC supports a wide range of activities including camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, climbing, hiking, running, yoga and travel.

Approximately 20 percent of the products MEC sells are private label. All MEC-brand products (bikes, packs, sleeping bags as well as men, women, and kids’ apparel) are designed in-house in Vancouver.

MEC is governed by a nine member Board of Directors. Directors are elected by members to serve three-year terms. MEC elections are held annually each spring.

MEC employs more than 2,450 people in a mix of front-line retail, professional, support and management functions. It has been repeatedly recognized as a best-in-class employer in Canada.

MEC’s mission is to inspire and enable everyone to lead active outdoor lifestyles. MEC matches its members with gear that suits their needs, offering not just products but passion. MEC staff members love to share their expertise, experience, and enthusiasm.

MEC Head Office

1077 Great Northern Way,
Vancouver BC V5T 1E1